Cancun is regarded by many as the shopping mecca of Mexico. Since its inception as a big tourist destination in the 80’s, Cancun has been able to steadily match the shopping experiences of other megacities around the world. This is, in part, due to the fact that aside from all the things to do in Cancun, it also offers visitors the luxury of wandering through fantastic shopping malls with all of the amenities that you have come to expect from home.
If you are on the lookout for a new designer outfit or a locally handcrafted gift to take back home, Cancun has an array of shopping opportunities on offer. You can always find great deals on cosmetics and fine jewelry, and best of all, shopping in Cancun is tax free!
Here are five of the best spots to check out if you’re back from your Cancun day trips and are heading out to shop in this great Caribbean destination.
1. Kukulcan Plaza
Plaza Kukulcan has over 300 stores, including clothing and jewelry establishments, souvenir shops, and top-notch restaurants, like Cenacolo and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. As well as cinemas and indoor activities like bowling.
Quality and luxury meet at Kukulcan. Conveniently located in the Hotel Zone, the plaza is easily accessible from practically anywhere in the city. And as it is considered to be one of the most prestigious shopping locations around.
2. La Isla Shopping Village
Everyone in Cancun knows La Isla Shopping Village. Surrounded by water channels on the shore of Nichupte Lagoon, it resembles a covered outdoor waterfront village. Featuring more than 150 stores, it’s a great place to spend the day in an outdoors setting while browsing around, eating some delicious Mexican food or just having a refreshing drink.
A mix of upscale boutiques, fashion stores, restaurants, a movie theater, all add to the attraction. An elaborate and very popular aquarium is inside where they allow swimming with dolphins, as well as wall climbing facilities.
And with its beautiful scenery and Mayan decor, it’s a great place to wander for hours.
If you fancy taking a selfie at sunset, the fountain is the best place to be.
3. Luxury Avenue
This upscale mall is attached to Plaza Kukulkan, and like its counterpart in Los Cabos, is made up of exclusive, high end shops such as Burberry, Coach, Tous, Mont Blanc, Swarovski, Cartier and Fendi.
Take a break from shopping and sip on champagne, coffee or have a snack, while taking advantage of the free WIFI at Veuve Clicquot Café (open 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily). Personal shoppers and shopping concierge services are also available.
The mall occasionally holds fashion and bridal shows and provides free valet parking to shoppers. However, if Luxury Avenue teeters too far into the high-end price range, you can try the equally exquisite Kukulcan Plaza right next door.
4. Mercado 28
The largest souvenir market in the heart of downtown Cancun, also happens to be one of the most affordable. Mercado 28 is a lovely place if you’re looking for something unique.
When you first enter this maze-like complex you’ll notice countless rows of vendors selling everything from jewelry, Mexican handcrafts, pottery, souvenirs, and so much more. In the center of the market is a food court with restaurants that serve authentic Mexican food to satisfy any appetite.
5. Plaza Las Americas
With more than ten thousand square feet spread out over 234 stores, Plaza Las Americas is the retail therapy bastion of downtown Cancun. And a favorite among the locals!
With a recent expansion, it’s gone from strength to strength. Featuring the latest fashions alongside sports, shoe and department stores, a pet store, a nail salon, cafes, restaurants and even a supermarket.
Once a small fishing village, Cancun has blossomed into one of Mexico’s most popular holiday hotspots. Featuring 13 miles of golden, sun-splashed beaches lapped by the clear Caribbean waters, amazing ancient Mayan ruins, and some of the best nightlife along the Riviera Maya.
However, it’s got one added extra that really sets this resort-town apart from the others: Cancun has some of the best shopping in Mexico.
Although there are many great places to shop in this Caribbean paradise, what is best for you depends on what you are looking for and whether or not you like to negotiate over the price. And because the city isn’t afraid to pull out all the stops, you’ll have many options to choose from.